One by one, former costars Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, John Oliver (playing Steve Carrell, because 2005), and Jon Stewart appeared to make anachronistic jokes. The event was prompted, the host said, by the 20th anniversary of Colbert working in late night, which began when he was a regular on "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.
His Midnight Confessions book, coming September 5 from Simon & Schuster, will feature some of Colbert's funniest pleas for forgiveness from the show, as well as fan-submitted confessions.
The special show opened with Stewart and Colbert fighting for current Daily Show host Trevor Noah's affection and attention.
"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" also airs at 11:35 p.m., which means it's exempt from FCC regulations regarding "profane" or "indecent" content. The rest of the guests have gone on to have successful careers as well. You might notice, though, that his graphics team chose to put Full Frontal's Samantha Bee on Black Widow's body despite her hair being a much better match for Thor than John Oliver's.
Colbert joked, "We haven't aged a day".
The Late Show pieced together a heroic Avengers Photoshop to help promote the occasion. "Like, if I go to the store to get something, it's not like, 'Oh my god, bread!' Here, you come out and there's a sort of response and affirmation that you don't necessarily get among sheep and goats". "So I miss that".
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And while they mostly talked about the old times at Comedy Central, Colbert ended it by pointing out Stewart's legacy: "I want to thank all of you guys for being here", he said. Jon Stewart as President.
Growing serious, Stewart told Colbert, 'The things that you say, even if they're crass, even if they in some ways are not respectful enough to the office of the presidency, can insult.
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The Daily Show alumni all expressed gratitude to Stewart, who gave all of them their big breaks. Stewart said he sometimes finds himself "impotently shouting into the abyss" - not all that different from his "Daily Show" role, he mused. It features a lot of amusing foreshadowing, such as Rob Corddry naming Bill Cosby and Jared Fogle as his biggest heroes.
Stewart, a long-time champion of animal rights who now runs a rescue farm, noted that on late night TV "there is a response and affirmation you don't necessarily get among sheep and goats" - though the Late Show monologue reax may have suggested otherwise. "I miss the process of making the show". "Like, it's the difference between insult and injury".
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